President of the Iranian Freedom Institute
Amir Abbas Fakhravar is a former Iranian jailed dissident, award winning writer, blogger, and the recipient of the prestigious Annie Taylor Journalism Award. He is the Secretary General of the Confederation of Iranian Students and President of the Iranian Freedom Institute in Washington, D.C.Click here to view more Wikistrat Experts
Amir Abbas Fakhravar is a former Iranian jailed dissident, award winning writer, blogger, and the recipient of the prestigious Annie Taylor Journalism Award. He is the Secretary General of the Confederation of Iranian Students and President of the Iranian Freedom Institute in Washington, D.C. Currently, Fakhravar serves as Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the Center for the Study of Culture and Security at The Institute of World Politics.
Fakhravar was a writer and a columnist for two major newspapers, “Khordad” and “Mosharekat” in Iran. He had a column called, “Who knows better than people,” in which he exposed the wrong-doings of the government authorities against his fellow students.
With the help of his American friends and Iranian dissidents, Fakhravar moved to the United States in May 2006. He met with President Bush, prominent members of Congress, scholars, and policy makers to discuss the atrocities of the Islamic Republic. In July 20, 2006, Fakhravar testified in a historic event before the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee of the US Senate.
Fakhravar attended numerous conferences in the US and Europe to discuss the situation of young Iranians, jailed journalists, and political prisoners. He is a regular speaker on the current situation of Iran on college campuses, and the international stage. Fakhravar spoke at a panel with Vaclav Havel, Natan Sharansky and Jose Maria Aznar at the Interantional Democracy and Security Conference in Prague in June 2007.
Fakhravar is the author of three books, an honorary member of English PEN, PEN Canada, and International PEN. He is the President of the Iranian Enterprise Institute, and founder of the Confederation of Iranian Students. Fakhravar currently lives in Washington, D.C. and hopes for a secular democratic Iran so he can go back and fulfill his wish of becoming a writer for children’s books.
BA of Law from Tehran Payamenoor University
BA of Medical Science from Tehran University
Areas of Expertise:
WMD Proliferation in Iran
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